London, London United Kingdom (PressExposure) November 07, 2008 -- The daily train service connects Teesport to Mossend and Grangemouth in central Scotland and the service is attractive to customers looking to cut costs. PD Ports and EWS estimate that customers should see their average inland transportation costs between Teesport and central Scotland slashed by switching from road to rail.
In addition, as freight trains emit five times less CO2 per tonne km moved than road haulage, carbon emissions as well as costs fall for those switching from road to rail. The train is also able to convey high cube capacity containers up to 45ft in length.
Martyn Pellew, group development director for PD Ports, said: "British industry has been demanding a rail route to Scotland from Teesport that can accommodate high cube containers. We are delighted that with EWS we have now delivered the first breakthrough service. With such a significant potential for cost saving for customers switching from road to rail, there never has been a better time to use Britain's third largest port by volume of tonnage."
Pellew continued, "This new service from Teesport to Scotland is good news but is very much an intermediate situation. Our ability to offer this new service is only the first phase of what we hope to achieve. At this stage the railway will be able to handle high cube containers but there are severe limitations on speed for the service through several existing bottlenecks. We still need the overall and full rail gauge enhancement for both the Teesport spur to the East Coast Main Line (ECML) and also for the ECML in either direction north through Newcastle and into Scotland as well as south to Yorkshire and the Midlands. If we are to achieve the full potential of the Northern Gateway Container Terminal and for much greater use of rail rather than road transport for onward inland movements then we must see full rail gauge enhancement being authorized as soon as possible."
David Cross, Sales & Marketing Manager for EWS's intermodal rail freight business, said: "In the current economic climate we are pleased to be working with PD Ports to continue winning additional business to the railway. We have opened up a new high cube container market between Teesport and central Scotland and we look forward to helping customers switch from road to rail to reduce costs and CO2 emissions."